Top 10 Things to do on Rainy Days in Melbourne | Experience Oz

Top 10 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne is a lovely city full of beautiful gardens, cosmopolitan cafes and great shopping, but it has also gained a reputation for having unpredictable weather and temperature conditions – one day may be a scorching affair full of heat and the next the temperature may drop 10 degrees and be a totally rainy day with multiple downpours.

Because of this, having a list of things to do on rainy days in Melbourne makes for an extremely useful thing to have – and with a range of enjoyable activities and experiences that can be had indoors, there is no need to get down and cancel your holiday plans because of wet weather.

We’ve put together a list of our recommendations for the best things to do in Melbourne when it’s raining so that you and your friends or family can still have a fun-filled day out – without having to deck yourself out in a poncho and industrial-strength umbrella!

Check out our list of recommendations below:


10. See a Ghost in the Gloomy Weather

Ghost Tours

Experience the paranormal side of Melbourne and its surrounds on an eerie yet exciting ghost tour inside a number of historic buildings throughout the likes of Williamstown, Pentridge Prison, Old Castlemaine Gaol Ghost and a number of “haunted” homesteads. Rainfall sets an appropriately spooky scene for the stories you’re being told as chills – both literal and figurative – course through your body.

More than just tales of ghosts and ghouls, the tour gives a fascinating look into the history and harsh conditions many of the early inhabitants of Victoria’s capital were once exposed to.

Rainfall sets an appropriately spooky scene for the stories you’re being told as chills – both literal and figurative – course through your body.

If you choose to take a tour, you’ll endure over an hour of spooky tales, unnerving scenes and paranormal acts all from expert “paranormal guides” who are both knowledgeable and entertaining at setting the scene.

For those thrill-seekers around, this is the perfect option to get the goosebumps rising and heart pumping, be it through the back streets of Melbourne or at a local architectural site with a significantly tumultuous history. Tours of Old Melbourne depart every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30pm.

Experience the paranormal side of Melbourne and its surrounds on an eerie yet exciting ghost tour inside a number of historic buildings throughout the likes of Williamstown, Pentridge Prison, Old Castlemaine Gaol Ghost and a number of “haunted” homesteads throughout.  Rainfall sets an appropriately spooky scene for the stories you’re being told, with chills both literal and figurative coursing through your body.

More than just tales of ghosts and ghouls, they’re a fascinating look into the history and harsh conditions many of the early inhabitants of Victoria’s capital were exposed to during its infancy. If you choose to take a tour, you’ll endure over an hour of spooky tales, unnerving scenes and paranormal acts all from expert “paranormal guides” who are both knowledgeable and entertaining at setting the scene.

For those thrill-seekers around, this is the perfect option to get the goosebumps rising and heart pumping, be it through the back streets of Melbourne or at a local architectural site with a significantly tumultuous history. Tours of Old Melbourne depart every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30pm.


9. The Victoria Police Museum

Location: World Trade Centre, Mezzanine Level, 637 Flinders St

victorian police museum
Image: Victorian Police Museum

Showcasing the largest Australian collection of armour from the infamous Kelly Gang, the Victoria Police Museum has it all for those with an interest in the state’s criminal history. Visitors will be intrigued by the history of Victorian crime and the Victorian police forces admirable efforts to combat it.

The museum showcases various exhibits such as the prominent staged ‘Crime Scene’, and features captivating photos of Victorian crime scenes from the 1920s to the 1940s. It’s an impressively detailed chronicle of Victorian criminal history and historic events, all of which is very well curated.

Showcasing the largest Australian collection of armour from the infamous Kelly Gang, the Victoria Police Museum has it all for those with an interest in the state’s criminal history.

Other highlights of the Victorian Police Museum include old police records, photographs, technology, forensic evidence and prisoner records. There is also a shop attached to the museum selling souvenirs of the exhibitions and collections and various crime-related memorabilia.

The museum is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm and requests a mere gold coin donation for entry, making it for an excellent attraction not simply for rainy days, but for the budget-conscious, too.


8. Hit the Shops

Location: Various locations

There’s nothing like a little retail therapy to fix the rainy day blues. Head to your local indoor shopping centre or make you way out to the outlet centre. Find some great bargains on clothing, accessory and homeware brands you love so much.

To avoid trying to navigate public transport, hail down a cab or find a park, you can catch a tour out to the mall. You can save all of your energy for the shop!

If you choose a tour, lunch is provided, let you save that cash for more shopping. Tours depart daily from Monday to Saturday at 9am and return at 5pm, giving you more than enough time to shop to your heart’s content.Hotel picks ups can be arranged from the city after booking.

Melbourne is a fashion haven and as well as factory outlets there are a range of shopping centres and malls that are great to escape to.

Melbourne is a fashion haven and as well as factory outlets there are a range of shopping centres and malls that are great to escape to. Chadstone is Australia’s fashion capital and the shopping centre is filled with the largest collection of designer boutiques and luxury brands. Even if you aren’t looking to buy, window shopping and browsing the large collection of high-end stores is a must.

Bourke Street Mall in the CBD is another great rainy day destination, you will just need an umbrella as you make your way between shops. The mall is filled with a large selection of stores including popular chains Zara, Myer and David Jones.

A Melbourne shopping guide isn’t complete without the mention of the well-known, high-end Chapel Street precinct. An umbrella is a must-have as you wander around the streets, browsing the amazing range of boutique clothing stores, cafes and art galleries.


7. Visit a Brewery

Location: Aussie Brewery Tours; 38 Jessie St, Cremorne / Pale Ale Brewery; Cnr Fyans and Swanston St, Geelong

aussie brewery tours
Image: Aussie Brewery Tours

Take a guided tour of Victoria’s best craft breweries and cideries in Melbourne’s backyard. Conducting daily tours and private tours, beer and cider lovers will be taken on an exciting experience. Visiting a list of breweries in the region including Kelly Brothers Cider and Riders Brewery, The Carlton Brewhouse, Red Hill Brewery and Four Pillars Gin to name a few.

This tour has been specifically designed for those beer, cider and spirit connoisseurs out there. You can also opt to include a food option in your tour. This will let you enjoy your brew of choice over a five to seven course lunch or dinner with your very own beer expert on hand to answer all of your brewing questions. There’s no better way to stay in doors then to learn about beer, cider and spirit making from the best in Victoria.

There’s no better way to stay in doors then to learn about beer, cider and spirit making from the best in Victoria.

Pale Ale lovers can’t forget about Little Creatures’ public brewery in Geelong, the second brewery for the Fremantle company that has been going strong since it opened in 2011. Visitors have the option to take part in a Brewery Tour to learn things about beer that you might not have known, or you can just grab a Pale Ale and relax with a bite to eat from the Canteen.

The Little Creatures Brewery is a must-do for those who love the flavours or those who would like to try it, it’s the perfect way to escape the rainy weather.


6. Jump around at Bounce Inc.

Location: 2 Weir Street, Glen Iris / Hangar 4, 236 Wirraway Road, Essendon Fields / 22 Joseph Street, Blackburn North

Image: Bounce Inc.
Image: Bounce Inc.

Get bouncing at one of Bounce Inc’s free-jumping revolution – an adrenalin rush for all ages. Forget about the rain outside and spend your day jumping around a room filled with giant trampolines, you can master flips into the big bag, bounce off the walls or feel like an NBA star with a slam dunk.

Bounce Inc. offers a range of activities spread over more than fifty interconnected trampolines for everyone to get the blood pumping and faces smiling. You could easily spend your whole day at the trampoline park and there’s no reason you can’t – the park is open from 10am until 9pm during the week.

Bounce Inc. offers a range of activities spread over more than fifty interconnected trampolines for everyone to get the blood pumping and faces smiling.

The park also offers a range of programs including fitness sessions; Bounce Fit and Tramp Camp, and teaching sessions; Flight Academy and Wall Jam. A visit to Bounce Inc. will make you forget about the miserable day outside and focus on nailing that front flip.

There are three different trampoline bounce houses in Melbourne in close proximity to the CBD; Glen Iris is around 20 minutes out, Essendon Fields is 24 minutes out and Blackburn North is just under 30 minutes.


5. Go Ten Pin Bowling

Location: 245 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Ten Pin Bowling proves the old adage that “the classics never die”, and stands as a great and entertaining way for groups of both family and friends to spend the hours indoors while also offering a fun challenge that can be taken just as seriously as you’d like it.

Melbourne’s Strike Bowling Bar takes the standard bowling adventure to another level by incorporating all the latest in modern audio-visual technology in order to enhance the experience.

Ten Pin Bowling proves the old adage that “the classics never die”, and stands as a great and entertaining way for groups of both family and friends to spend the hours indoors.

At Strike Melbourne, you can expert not only bowling but also large, high definition screens playing all the latest and greatest chart-topping musical hits, neon lighting designed to add to the atmosphere, pool tables to shoot a round or three, private karaoke booths that you can use to belt out a few tunes, and a deluxe bar that offers drinks throughout your time there (which, coincidentally, may assist in boosting your courage to participate in the aforementioned karaoke!).

A great outing for entertainment when the rain is bucketing down, Strike Bowling Bar Melbourne offers plenty of entertainment options – all while sheltered under the one roof.


4. Melbourne Aquarium

Location: King Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

The water may be cascading down from the skies above, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy viewing it from underneath! The world-class SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium offers a completely under-cover attraction that makes for an enjoyable day out for both adults and families alike.

The attraction, located near the heart of the Melbourne CBD, is easily accessible by public transport with public transport such as train and bus stations close by, meaning that getting from A to B without getting saturated is a definite possibility.

The aquarium contains thousands of tropical, cold, fresh and saltwater fish, mammals and myriad other impressive creatures on display.

The aquarium contains thousands of tropical, cold, fresh and saltwater fish, mammals and myriad other impressive creatures on display, with visitors having the ability to walk both through and under the various river and ocean settings, feeling and seeing the marine life swim beside and over you.

Melbourne Aquarium provides a great day out surrounded by water – without being covered in it!


3. The Melbourne Museum

Location: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

Annually ranked among popular lists of the top 10 of attractions in Melbourne, the Melbourne Museum is a large facility that plays host to all manner of exhibitions and provides a prime location to spend a rainy day. As an added bonus, the museum also strives to cater to kids, making it a destination that not only adults but also entire families can enjoy.

Separated into different sections, each of which aims to encompass a different part of either history, culture or nature, the museum also contains an extremely unique “indoor rainforest” full of information about birds, frogs lizards and more that many feel is the highlight of their visit.

As an added bonus, the museum also strives to cater to kids, making it a destination that not only adults but also entire families can enjoy.

With such a variety of both permanent and temporary exhibits on display, you would be hard pressed not to find something interesting at the Melbourne Museum – an IMAX theatre, a section dedicated to Phar Lap, numerous dinosaurs and much more are just the tip of the iceberg!

The museum itself is located in the Carlton Gardens of Melbourne, adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building, making it both easy to locate and to access.


2. The ScienceWorks

Location: 2 Booker St, Spotswood, VIC 3015

A more modern spin on a similar vein to the Melbourne Museum, the Scienceworks is always a popular drawcard for people to visit on rainy days. With a huge range of displays and models that showcase the weird and wonderful world of modern science, the emphasis is placed on interactivity and a “hands-on” feel.

The level of participation makes the venue a great destination for kids, offering them not only fun but also educating them along the way – from the very young up to teenagers, with adults also having a blast.

With a huge range of displays and models that showcase the weird and wonderful world of modern science, the emphasis is placed on interactivity and a “hands-on” feel.

Nearly all exhibits on show have something to either look, touch, move, turn, listen or climb, and those that aren’t interactive are almost always visually impressive – especially the acclaimed “Lightning Room”, a show that demonstrates the incredible visual spectacle of a giant Tesla coil that is capable of generating up to two million volts of electricity and 3m-long lightning bolts along with it!

The Scienceworks also operates alongside Melbourne Planetarium, which provides another interesting venue with a galactic focus. The ScienceWorks is open daily from 10:00am to 4:30pm and can be easily accessed via public transport including train and ferry.


1. Visit Parliament House

Location: Spring Street, East Melbourne, VIC 3002

Melbourne’s Parliament House is an impressive structure and its buildings stand as a testament to the architectural style of Australia’s colonial era. Constructed at the height of the Victorian gold rush in the late 1800’s, it has an extravagant interior inlaid with many exquisite gold decorations that highlight the handiwork that went into its construction.

Admission is free, and there are tours that run regularly throughout the day run by knowledgeable and informative tour guides who will provide you with many interesting facts throughout the duration.

Admission is free, and there are tours that run regularly throughout the day run by knowledgeable and informative tour guides who will provide you with many interesting facts throughout the duration.

The tour will take you into the green-carpeted Legislative Assembly (home of the Lower House of the Victorian government), and also to the Queen’s Hall within which stands an impressive statue of Queen Victoria as well as two stunningly-large chandeliers, then lastly to the magnificent gold-trimmed Parliamentary Library and its towering ceilings and ornate plasterwork.

From here you will be able to see the beautiful gardens that surround the facility including bowling green and tennis court. The public tours are conducted on days where Parliament is not in session, taking place at 9:30am, 10:30a, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:45pm from Monday to Friday, and bookings for groups of less than 6 people are not required.



In addition, if you’re looking for all the top things to see and do in and around Melbourne including activities, attractions and more, be sure to check out our main Experiences section to browse and book online!

Experience Oz Staff

This article was produced in a combined effort by Experience Oz staff members. Experience Oz is the home of things to do in Australia and New Zealand, with over 3,000 awesome experiences across Oz + NZ!

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